Which university’s mascot is a rodent?
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Gophers are small rodents that burrow tunnels and live underground. For more than a century, Minnesota has been known as the Gopher State, a nickname that led the University of Minnesota to adopt a smiling, bucktooth rodent dubbed Goldy Gopher as its school mascot in the 1940s. Minnesota became known as the "Gopher State" in 1857, the result of a political cartoon ridiculing the $5 million Railroad Loan in western Minnesota. The cartoon portrayed nine Gophers with the heads of local politicians pulling a locomotive.
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